Column: Using technology to keep in touch with the people we care about during a pandemic

BY TONI GUAGENTI VIRGINIA BEACH — Early in the pandemic, I lay in bed on a Sunday morning and thought about the ramifications of the self-quarantine on my social life. Some of us are gregarious by nature – extroverts, believe it… Continue Reading


Henley: Budget efforts continue during coronavirus uncertainty

BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — It is hard to believe that another month has gone by, and we still are not able to safely hold meetings and other gatherings. Certainly, if social distancing is what we must do to control the spread… Continue Reading


Farmer John: Building a garden starts with healthy, living soil

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I call it the garden of eatin’.  I love that fresh food, and I love working – really, playing – in the garden.  It’s rewarding just to stand there observing the bees, butterflies and flowers. Or maybe slipping… Continue Reading


Kiggans: Masks are needed — and ongoing effort to provide them can bring about unlikely alliances

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, April 12, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Sen. Jen Kiggans, a Virginia Beach Republican and a nurse practitioner, says efforts to make cloth masks and mask covers are helping… Continue Reading


Column: A call to arms to produce mask covers during new coronavirus health crisis

BY JAMES HATCHER AND CHRISTINA HOLLOWAY VIRGINIA BEACH — Our nation, our communities and our healthcare system are under attack from an invisible enemy. In fact, the whole world is facing an escalating crisis that we have not faced since the 1918 influenza… Continue Reading


Where to find strawberries in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Strawberry season is here, and produce farmers have opened fields and farm stands with steps in place to address concerns about the novel coronavirus.  The following is a list of Virginia Beach U-pick and pre-pick strawberry farms,… Continue Reading


In Memoriam: Pungo’s Roy David Flanagan Jr., farmer and family man

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Farmer Roy David Flanagan Jr., who died on Tuesday, April 7, in his Pungo home after a long illness, will be remembered for the turkeys, sweet potatoes and crops he raised – and for his devotion… Continue Reading


Pungo Strawberry Festival is canceled, but could a smaller community event be held?

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Pungo Strawberry Festival is among the major community events canceled due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus, which can cause the disease Covid-19. “After careful consideration, the board members of… Continue Reading


Column: What’s on the table? The bounty of our local food sources

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s times like this, when we’re hunkered down at home, that the old family recipes come to mind.   On a recent morning, I found myself digging out my grandmothers’ recipe books and making a… Continue Reading